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Book Covers; Something to judge them by?
Topic Started: May 23 2007, 06:49 AM (22,940 Views)
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Are you being sarcastic...?
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not quite. I guess they project a certain kind of self-regard that's what's been the subject of these books as well. So yea, it could be looked at as ridiculous posturing but there is more to it than that I think, because he had been able to pull off a ridiculous premise for a book into an amazing reading experience.
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Not just covers
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The Story Behind the Most Haunting Book Cover on the Shelves
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Via Kindle Cover Disasters. Possibly the worst cover ever. Warning, NSFW.
Edited by Cleanthes, Jan 10 2018, 06:53 PM.
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I remember as a child being in the city with my parents and a number of bookshops, possibly all of them, having prominent displays of books with a strange "monster" face which I found deeply haunting. I was very much into Fantasy so was immediately drawn to it. Then as the nineties rolled on and aliens became ubiquitous I realised I'd seen a book with a "grey" on the cover. A few years ago I discovered it was Whitley Streiber's Communion:

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I remember the books as just having the image and no text or border, which I'd never seen before and it made the face seem much more important and affecting. Looking at it now, it's a not a great painting, though an effective cover and one that still retains a little of the power it had on me as a child.
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Myrddin
Jan 11 2018, 03:27 AM
I remember as a child being in the city with my parents and a number of bookshops, possibly all of them, having prominent displays of books with a strange "monster" face which I found deeply haunting. I was very much into Fantasy so was immediately drawn to it. Then as the nineties rolled on and aliens became ubiquitous I realised I'd seen a book with a "grey" on the cover. A few years ago I discovered it was Whitley Streiber's Communion:

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I remember the books as just having the image and no text or border, which I'd never seen before and it made the face seem much more important and affecting. Looking at it now, it's a not a great painting, though an effective cover and one that still retains a little of the power it had on me as a child.
Thanks for this: I read the book when young, but had completely forgotten about it.
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I'll judge a cover on it's own merit. I'm a sucker for those penguin modern classic editions

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and Bruce Mau's work with Zone Books. They'll let him do interesting interior design too,

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The old Roy Kulhman covers at Grove Press

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His wife, Gilda Hannah, was a great designer as well. She did that cover of Borges' Labyrinths that everyone on this forum has probably seen.

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There are some great children's book covers out there too and comics.
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Virginia Woolf book covers.
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Jan 28 2018, 02:36 PM
I love the original Hogarth designs by Vanessa Bell. I have Hogarth editions of Mrs Dalloway and Three Guineas. My other Woolfs are a mix of Penguin, Oxford and Vintage Classics.

Those Wordsworth Classics covers with the flappers are horrendous. Bleurgh.

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I talked about book covers a bit in my account of meeting Gerald Murnane (see authread if you missed it), who had very strong opinions on his covers, so just for reference here: he hates the local cover of his new book Border Districts:

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And thinks the American cover is the best one ever for any of his books:

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mandm
Jan 28 2018, 02:36 PM
I love the original Hogarth designs by Vanessa Bell. I have Hogarth editions of Mrs Dalloway and Three Guineas. My other Woolfs are a mix of Penguin, Oxford and Vintage Classics.

Those Wordsworth Classics covers with the flappers are horrendous. Bleurgh.

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Totally agree, they are hideous.

Your comment about having a mixture of editions for one author leads me to ask whether anyone is uptight about that? I'm not, but I know people who will always insist on having the same edition for all the works of a given author.
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Not too keen on this either.
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Jan 29 2018, 12:09 PM

Your comment about having a mixture of editions for one author leads me to ask whether anyone is uptight about that? I'm not, but I know people who will always insist on having the same edition for all the works of a given author.
I tend not to plan these things out: my books get collected piecemeal with whatever happens to be available. I've never bought an author's whole back catalogue together or anything. I think I'd feel suspicious of someone having lots of matching editions: it would feel a bit fake or something.
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True enough. Decoration over content.

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Does this work?
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That's the Roald Dahl-y cover work I don't think works for Carter's novels.
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Jan 30 2018, 04:07 PM
That's the Roald Dahl-y cover work I don't think works for Carter's novels.
Yeah, I initially thought Quentin Blake for that cover (although he would have done it better). I don't think it works, either.
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It's a cheap copy of his style.
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